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Celebrate Earth Day at Home: Here’s How

Earth Day usually means gathering together for beach and river cleanups, garden parties, 5Ks, and more. This year, virtual celebration is where we’re at.

Whether you’re going outside to hike a peak or ride your bike, the bottom line is that lots of us choose to celebrate Earth Day in the outdoors, and often in groups. We’ll need to change our approach this year, but thankfully, a spread of brands and organizations have put together virtual events in honor of the holiday.

If you haven’t made plans, consider joining in on one of these Earth Day events.

Tune Into Earth Day Live

This year is a big milestone, as it’s the 50th anniversary of the holiday. And organizers are going big with Earth Day Live, a slew of digital and virtual events you can participate in all week. Events run the gamut from panel discussions to gardening tips, cleanup challenges, and more.

The site is also hosting live performances and messages from musicians, chefs, business owners, and more. Tune in from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET to hear from folks like Jason Mraz, Aloe Blacc, Roger Waters, and more.

Watch Patagonia’s Earth Day Panel Discussion

Patagonia is hosting a climate-conscious discussion panel called Love Your Mother on April 22 starting at 1 p.m. PT, 3 p.m. ET. The panel will feature members from the Changing Tides Foundation, Leah Dawson, and Liz Clark from the Voyage of Swell.

Dawson and Clark are both activists who will share their perspectives on a variety of global environmental issues affecting our planet and oceans. You’ll also hear tips on how to complete easy daily actions. Simply visit Patagonia’s event page for the link to join.

Recent climate action film “Artifishal”; photo credit: Patagonia

Join the #TogetherWeCan Climate Action Campaign

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, Arc’teryx is joining forces with Earth Day Initiative to promote positive climate action. Arc’teryx is committing to implement science-based targets that’ll reduce its emissions intensity by 65% over the next 10 years. But the brand wants you to get involved too.

The campaign is designed to get everyone to make at least one important commitment to reduce their climate impact/footprint. Simply pledge to complete one action of your choice in topics like energy, food, and waste.

Join Can’d Aid’s ‘One Can’ Solo Earth Day Cleanup

Can’d Aid runs several do-good programs focusing on donating cans of water to communities post-disaster, donating bikes to underprivileged youth, and recycling over 66 million cans throughout the organization’s history.

Its “One Can” cleanup initiative for Earth Day is encouraging everyone at home to pick up just one piece of trash to recycle while on a daily walk or run. One can make a difference. The campaign will run from April 22 (Earth Day) to May 1.

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Vote to Help ‘Thousand’ Complete Earth Day Offsets

Because it’s harder to volunteer with various organizations this year, helmet brand Thousand is providing another way for its fans to help reduce their impact on the climate.

Beginning on Earth Day, Thousand is pledging to offset an extra 10% on top of the brand’s current efforts through 1% for the Planet. You can vote on three different projects: reforestation, renewable energies, and alternative transportation.

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Brands like La Sportiva, Western Rise, Mountainsmith, Ridge Merino, SHRED Optics, and even breweries like New Belgium are also participating in 1% for the Planet.

Virtually Run Around the World on Earth Day

Virtual Run Challenge is a website dedicated to providing virtual alternatives to footraces around the world. For Earth Day, they are challenging us to (collectively, thank goodness) run 24,901 miles — the distance of the equator around the globe. The goal to put down miles will last through the end of April. Visit the site here to learn more and register.

‘Do Good’ With Cotopaxi on Earth Day

Cotopaxi’s slogan is “Gear for Good,” so it’s only fitting that the brand is embracing that idea for Earth Day. This week, you will receive a free Fair Trade Earth Day T-shirt with any purchase of Cotopaxi’s sustainably made Teca Windbreaker or Del Día Pack (which are made from repurposed fabrics).

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Mary Murphy
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Mary is based in Denver, Colorado, but frequently travels abroad. Her outdoor interests span from climbing to landscape photography to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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